Without both their starting point guard and backup point guard in the lineup - and were both given the night off to rest - Cleveland built a 22-point lead, had its best defensive quarter of the season by holding in to 12 points in the opening frame and kept the Pacers to 97 points overall (far better than the 127, 127 and 133 the, and hung on them the previous three games).
Houston is well on its way to breaking the record it set for most 3s by a team, done last season, and done in the previous season by Golden State.
The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at IN (21-20).
The Raptors may be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) for the third consecutive game.
Nothing should be taken away from the performance of the Raptors, as DeMar DeRozan is playing well and the team is expected to give both the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics a run for the Eastern Conference title in May. The Cavaliers wouldn't score a single point in the last 3:57.
Collison hit 9 of 11 shots, and Domantas Sabonis contributed 12 points and a team-high 15 rebounds for the Pacers.
One look at the Eastern Conference standings and it shows the Kyrie Irving-led Boston Celtics in the top spot, with the Toronto Raptors checking in at No. 2 and the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers even further back, closer to the fourth spot than anyone could have anticipated.Still, this is the National Basketball Association. But the Thunder has since lost five of seven, including three in a row.More news: Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) Upgraded to "Buy" at Credit Suisse Group
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Dinwiddie almost recorded his first career triple-double, totaling 10 assists and matching a career best with nine rebounds.
And hope is a big thing for a fanbase and a team that was expected to struggle to win games this season.
Will Barton led the way for the Nuggets with 17 points, while Trey Lyles came off the bench to net 16. Wade scored four points while also going 2-of-8 from the floor. After Oladipo's jumper gave IN an early 6-4 lead, the Cavaliers reeled off 22 unanswered points.
Down six points with only four minutes left is nothing to these Pacers though, who have comeback from worse with frequency.
Pacers center Myles Turner (elbow) missed the contest against Miami and will be sidelined again versus Cleveland.
Stephenson shot 6 of 11 (54.5%) from the field and 3 of 6 from deep in the win. Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cleveland opponent this season, and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127. He did, however, dish out eight assists.
The scene in which James had some angry words mixed with head coach Tyronn Lue and then the huddle in which he seemed like he's yelling at his teammates didn't add anything positive to the perception of him and his team.
"I'm going to say this and we're going to move forward because it's over", Lue said before the IN game as an explainer.